MaKey MaKey Quickstart Guide
Welcome to the world of MaKey MaKey! A world where every day objects are much more than what they appear. Bananas are more than just a curvy fruit - they’re keys to a virtual piano. Play-dough isn’t just a tasty child’s toy - it’s the controlling force behind Pacman’s up/down/left/right. And your simple pencil drawings are a portal to Portal.
Be prepared to look at every day objects in a whole new light. Be stoked! The world is your construction kit.
Covered in This Tutorial
This tutorial’s purpose is to help get you up and running with the MaKey MaKey – everything from what the board is, to installing it, to using it. Sections are split into pages, covering the following topics:
- What is the MaKey MaKey? – What’s what on the MaKey MaKey board?
- Installing the MaKey MaKey – How to connect the board, and install it. Extra focus on Windows, which requires a driver be installed.
- Making Your First Key – How to use banana cables to create your first MaKey MaKey button.
- Resources and Going Further – Links to inspire and educate.
- MaKey MaKey – The star of the show! The standard and retail versions of the MaKey MaKey should already include:
- A computer (Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux) with an available USB slot
- Button material (e.g. fruit, Play-Doh, tin foil, copper tape, a friend)
- A primed imagination
- What is a Circuit? – To create a MaKey MaKey “key”, a circuit must be created so current can flow.
- Voltage, Current, Resistance and Ohm’s Law – Learn about the three fundamental concepts behind electricity, and how they’re related by Ohm’s law. The MaKey MaKey works by bending our idea of resistive material.
- Voltage Dividers – Voltage dividers are the secret behind every MaKey MaKey input. This tutorial digs a bit deeper into circuit theory.